Oct 23, 2012 9:00am PDT
and catholics? >> absolutely. there's an amazing story- you've heard of the mennonites- simon menno? he is one of the ones that tries to get some common ground, because when this explodes, this anabaptist fervor- for instance, the town of munster, a group of radical anabaptists took over the town, and they said, "jesus is coming back at any time now, and we need to be holy." so they took over the town, and they actually persecuted lutherans and catholics in it. well, shortly thereafter, an army made up of both protestants and catholics surrounded the town, and many people were- died. now out of that, someone, like mennonites, like simon, comes out of there and says, "we have to have a more neutral path." and so a certain set of doctrines were developed that the amish eventually draw on. jacob amman, the founder of the amish, tries to find a ground that is not radical, that is not so disruptive, but keeps that wall there. and we look to that period of time, where we're talking about the avoidance- you've heard of the shunning, or avoidance, the ban- that becomes part of it. if somebody has fall
Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
implemented is allowed to stand. stay with us. [♪] >> "sinnerman" by nina simone. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are in richmond, va., continuing our thicoverage of te supreme court. the case centers around a lawsuit that accuses the oil giant shell's their company royal dutch shell in the comparison murder of nigerian activists. nine activists, including ken saro-wiwa, were executed by the nigerian government. the families of seven of the nigerians killed are seeking to hold shell liable under a 1789 law. shell agreed to pay $15.5 million. some legal analysts are comparing this case to the landmark campaign finance ruling in citizens united in 2010. the court is now being asked to decide if corporations have the same responsibilities as individuals for violating human rights internationally. to find out more about the implications of this, we are joined by the legal director of the center for constitutional rights, the hair as me. talk about the case. talk about what happened in the early 1990's in nigeria. >> good to be here. ro
Oct 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
of the sword of independence hero simon boulevard during the victory celebration. at a rally of the presidential chalice, chÁvez reached out to the political opposition and called for unity among venezuelans. >> to those to promote hate, to those to promote social poison, to those or always tried to deny all the good things that happen in venezuela, i invite him to dialogue, to debate, and to work together for venezuela. for the bulgarian people, for the bolivarian venezuelan. that is why i start by sending these greetings to them and extending these two hands and hearts to them, in the name of all of us because we are brothers. >> venezuelan he president hugo chÁvez speaking after winning another six-year term in office. in his concession speech, henrique capriles urged chÁvez to recognize the voices of those who voted against him. >> i hope a political movement that has been in power for 14 years understands that almost half the country does not agree with them. -- does not agree with him. i ask for those in power to have respect, recognition of almost half the country.
Oct 22, 2012 5:30pm PDT
for us by professor simon schama of harvard university. las meninas is, in the most literal sense, a challenging painting. coming on it, we are challenged by no less than six pairs of eyes trained intently on us. the effect is distinctly unsettling, as though we'd blundered into the royal domain where we had no business being. but one pair of eyes, one pair of hands, those of the artist, ensure that once we've strayed into velazquez' magic box, we can't casually take our leave and move to whatever else is in the next gallery. pinned to the spot by the most extraordinary visual conundrum ever painted, our first reaction is probably to find out what exactly is going on here. the most incurious explanation, but one we can surely start with, is velazquez has offered us an informal glimpse into his working day producing one of the many portraits he executed of the royal princesses designed to advertise their desirability in one of the marriages on which dynastic politics so crucially turned. royal inbreeding had its problems, especially for the spanish hapsburgs, exaggerating their fam